MDJ Time Capsule by Damon_Poirier
This week’s Time Capsule looks at Marines, a cave rescue, Lockheed, an atom smasher and a tornado.
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The Week of July 2
by Damon_Poirier
July 01, 2015 01:00 PM | 60 views | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

This week’s Time Capsule looks at Marines, a cave rescue, Lockheed, an atom smasher and a tornado.

100 years ago …

In the Friday, July 2, 1915 edition of The Marietta Journal and Courier there was a story that reported the Cooperative Cattle Feeders Association of Cobb County was organized at the county courthouse for the purpose of encouraging the feeding of beef cattle in the county during the winter season.

There were nine feeders present that joined the association in addition to the three local banks and the Bank of Powder Springs. The association agreed to take 500 head of cattle and before feeding time came to purchase another 1,000 head of cattle.

50 years ago …

Two Mableton Marines who were killed in a California plane crash over the weekend were reported in the Monday, June 28, 1965 Marietta Daily Journal as having had a premonition of danger when they were home on leave the week before the accident.

According to the mother of one Marine and the sister-in-law of the other, both of the teens had acted as if something bad was going to happen to them. The pair postponed their trip from Cobb County to California four times, finally arriving in San Diego about an hour before their leave was up. Four days later, they were listed among the 84 people killed when an Air Force transport plane crashed into a California mountain.

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A silver identification bracelet was reported in the Tuesday, June 29, 1965 paper as probably saving the life of a 20-year-old Smyrna man who fell 80 feet into Case Cave, an underground cave on Lookout Mountain in Cartersville.

The bracelet apparently caught on a jagged rock as the man fell and broke his fall, which resulted in only minor injuries.

One of the man’s rescuers was his 17-year-old brother, who climbed a rope 80 feet down into the cave to get to the man who “was covered in mud and lying on a rock.” The brother with a doctor and other rescuers worked for several hours to tie the man to a stretcher and inch him 80 feet back up through the narrow cave opening, which was described as close in size to a three-foot long coffee table.

The man, a co-op student at Southern Tech, was listed in good condition at Tri-County Hospital in Oglethorpe after being rescued from his 16 hour ordeal.

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The first of eight C-124 Globemasters for the 445th Troop Carrier Wing was reported in the Thursday, July 1, 1965 paper as having touched down at the Dobbins Air Force Base runway the day before. Arrival of the “mammoth four-engine transport began the wing’s transition from the C-123 Providers.”

Col. Carl. F. Rudder, director of operations for the 445th, explained the C-124 would change the wing from “an airborne unit to a global operation to support MATS (the Military Air Transport Service).”

The 230-mph transport could carry 40,000 pounds of cargo 1,800 miles. It had clam-shell nose doors, which opened so a built-in loading ramp could be used. Almost every motorized vehicle used by the military at the time was able to be driven up the ramp into the aircraft and flown away fully assembled.

An elevator in the middle of the fuselage of the plane could also be used to speed the loading or unloading of cargo. The C-124 also could carry 200 battle-equipped infantrymen or, with litters installed, 127 patients and their medical attendants could be flown from the battlefield.

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The number of bids submitted by Georgia interests for “one of the most sought-after plums ever offered by the federal government,” a $230 million “world’s biggest atom smasher,” was reported in the Friday, July 2, 1965 paper as having increased to nine. The proposed sites were mostly concentrated in the Atlanta area, but two were located in southern Georgia in the cities of Savannah and Bainbridge.

The location closest to Cobb County was in Cartersville and entered by the Atlanta-Georgia Science and Technology Commission.

The nine sites were among 100 others from 43 states in the competition for the “sprawling, three-mile-in-circumference facility,” which was more than twice the size and capable of twice power of the largest facility that was being planned at the time by the Soviet Union.

20 years ago …

In the Tuesday, June 27, 1995 paper, it was reported that Lockheed Martin Aeronautical Systems emerged virtually unscathed from the corporate cost-cutting ax as its Bethesda, Maryland-based parent company announced plans to trim 7 percent off its 170,000-member work force by 1999.

As anticipated, Lockheed Martin Corp.’s Cobb County plant was to see minimal job cuts in the merger-related consolidation effort. The 340-employee purchasing department, which bought airplane parts and office supplies, was to be phased out. The department, which was located in what is now the LGE Community Credit Union building on Fairground Street, was to be meshed into a single department at Lockheed Martin Tactical Aircraft Systems in Fort Worth, Texas.

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A powerful thunderstorm was reported in the Saturday, July 1, 1995 paper as having raked Cobb County the evening before and spawned a tornado that heavily damaged the Dairy Queen at 2598 South Cobb Drive in Smyrna, but only caused minor injuries.

Restaurant owner Doug Stoner, who would later become a state senator, was quoted as saying that he yelled for everyone to hit the floor after high winds blew the doors open. Moments later, the building was hit and the southwest side of the restaurant’s dining room collapsed as the windows were blown out from the force of the twister.

There were 15 customers and 10 employees in the restaurant, which was to mark its 40th anniversary later in the year and undergoing a partial renovation, at the time of the storm.

Damon Poirier is the Newsroom Administrator for the Marietta Daily Journal.

If you are interested in learning more about the stories that were presented in this week’s column, you can search the newspaper’s digitized microfilm archives online. NewsBank, which hosts the archives for the Marietta Daily Journal, charges a fee for retrieved articles and has various price packages available. If you have any trouble with your username, password or payment options, please contact NewsBank at mariettadaily@newsbank.com.

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The Week of June 25
by Damon_Poirier
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This week’s Time Capsule looks at a Leo Frank, rapid transit, melons, Whitlock Avenue, the Tritt family and Lockheed.

100 years ago …

In the Friday, June 25, 1915 edition of The Marietta Journal and Courier there was a story that reported that Leo Frank’s death sentence for the now infamous murder of Mary Phagan of Marietta was commuted to life imprisonment by Gov. John M. Slaton. Frank was taken to Milledgeville “to serve his sentence on the State farm.”

A second story in that edition involving the Frank case reported that on July 2, the public could attend the unveiling of a monument to the memory of Phagan at her grave in the Marietta City Cemetery. The monument was a simple slab of gray marble on a triple base with an inscription that read: “Mary Phagan, Erected by Marietta Camp, Number 763, U.C.V.”

50 years ago …

In the Sunday, June 20, 1965 Marietta Daily Journal, it was reported that Cobb Commission Chairman Ernest Barrett was quoted as saying “I guess we took one heck of a big step backwards” while looking back on the previous Wednesday’s defeat of the Rapid Transit Referendum by the county’s voters. But, Barrett, Sen. Kyle Yancey and Rep. Hugh McDaniell all predicted that the county eventually would become a member of the proposed Metropolitan Atlanta Transit System.

“It is going to cost us more when we do get in it,” Barrett said, but indicated he had no doubt that citizens would soon realize they made a mistake.

Sen. Yancey was quoted as saying that he did not think there is anything to do now, but wait while the people come around to the fact that they were wrong. He also said, “I believe it would have been wise to have been in on the planning stages.”

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Melons were reported in the Wednesday, June 23, 1965 paper as having a bad day on the county’s highways.

Early that morning, a truck carrying a load of watermelons and cantaloupes were lost when the truck had a blow out and overturned at the intersection of the Four Lane, now known as U.S. Highway 41, and Interstate 285. There were no injuries in the accident, but the overturned truck blocked both northbound lanes of the highway and backed up traffic for five miles.

Then, shortly after noon, 764 watermelons were strewn out of a tractor-trailer truck over the Four Lane at Franklin Road in a five-car collision.

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Lloyd Cox, the former principal of Marietta High School, was reported in the Friday, June 25, 1965 paper as having been appointed superintendent of the city school system by the Marietta Board of Education. Cox was filling the vacancy created when Henry Kemp resigned to take a job with the State Board of Education.

20 years ago …

In the Tuesday, June 20, 1995 paper, State Department of Transportation Commissioner Wayne Shackelford endorsed a new road linking Dallas Highway with Reynolds Street at the South Loop as the solution to the daily Whitlock Avenue bottleneck.

“This is by far the most acceptable solution from a traffic standpoint,” Shackelford was quoted as saying during a tour of road projects in Cobb County organized by state Sen. Steve Thompson, D-Powder Springs, who chaired the Senate Transportation Committee. “It gives the traffic a straight shot and eliminates all the turning movements (at Powder Springs Road).”

More than 30,000 cars were traveling each day into and out of Marietta along Dallas Highway, many using the North and South Loops to get to Interstate 75 and east Cobb. The state was widening Dallas Highway to four lanes with a raised median from the Paulding County line to John Ward Road west of Marietta. But, the road narrowed into two lanes as it changed into Whitlock Avenue approaching the Marietta Square.

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East Cobb’s oldest historic home was reported in the Wednesday, June 21, 1995 paper as expected to be preserved and restored under development plans approved by the Cobb commissioners at a regular zoning hearing. Marietta-based developer B. Wilmont Williams said that he planned to restore the Tritt Homestead, built between 1845 and 1860, as part of a 41.5-acre subdivision on the south side of Post Oak Tritt Road and west of Johnson Ferry Road.

As recommended by county staff, Williams said he would apply to place the home, known for its pre-Civil War Greek Revival details, on local and national historical registers.

Titleholders on the property were James E. Tritt, Larry M. Tritt, Melissa Tritt Mathison and Wylene S. Tritt, descendants of the longtime east Cobb family. Other descendants of the family included popular country singer Travis Tritt, whose grandfather was memorialized by the road that bears his name, as well as Tritt Elementary.

Williams said the restored 1,200-square foot house would serve as the 82-home subdivision’s centerpiece and clubhouse surrounded by tennis courts and a swimming pool.

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A Russian aircraft design team and Bethesda, Maryland-based Lockheed Martin Co. were reported in the Thursday, June 22, 1995 paper as having teamed up to design a multi-purpose, 21st century fighter plane that could take off vertically or in normal fashion. The Moscow-based Yakovlev Design Bureau joined Lockheed Martin in the project to build the advanced attack aircraft for the U.S. military, although the Russian government still needed to approve the transfer of technology.

The total cost of the project was expected to reach $68.8 million, according to a spokesman for Lockheed Martin Tactical Aircraft Systems in Fort Worth, Texas where the bulk of the work would be done. Cobb-based Lockheed Martin Aeronautical Systems would provide engineering on the project.

Damon Poirier is the Newsroom Administrator for the Marietta Daily Journal.

If you are interested in learning more about the stories that were presented in this week’s column, you can search the newspaper’s digitized microfilm archives online. NewsBank, which hosts the archives for the Marietta Daily Journal, charges a fee for retrieved articles and has various price packages available. If you have any trouble with your username, password or payment options, please contact NewsBank at mariettadaily@newsbank.com.

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The Week of June 18
by Damon_Poirier
June 19, 2015 04:00 PM | 168 views | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

This week’s Time Capsule looks at a rapid transit vote, Lyndon B. Johnson, a ham, Newt Gingrich and school uniforms.

100 years ago …

In the Friday, June 18, 1915 edition of The Marietta Journal and Courier there was a story that reported Mrs. John C. Cogburn as the first prize winner in the Journal’s subscription campaign that was mentioned in my April 23 column. Cogburn won a five-passenger, fully-equipped Ford automobile with electric lights.

Ms. Artie White, who won the first prize 3½ years earlier, won the second place prize in the contest and Ms. Docia Babb won the third place prize. The second and third place prizes were diamond rings.

50 years ago …

A moderate turnout was reported in the Tuesday, June 15, 1965 paper as being expected in the following day’s special General Election where voters would decide the fate of rapid transit, something that is currently being discussed by the Cobb County Commission, and if Democrat Bill Teague or Republican Ben C. Jordan would take the countywide state representative post.

Experts said despite the rain forecast that the “drawing card” would be the rapid transit referendum. A straw poll conducted in Marietta and Smyrna showed that six people out of eight reported they would be in favor of Cobb County’s participation in a rapid transit system.

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A second story in the Tuesday, June 15, 1965 paper reported that a $273,000 water expenditure was overlooked and left out of a budget submitted a week earlier to the Marietta Board of Lights and Water.

City Manager Walter Brown was quoted as saying, “We kept wondering why we had so much extra money to work with while we were preparing (the budget).”

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A proposal to force the elimination of the Marietta City and Cobb County school systems and the creation of a new system in each of the county’s two senate districts was reported in the Wednesday, June 16, 1965 paper as being scheduled to be presented to the State Board of Education.

The recommendation, included in a 120-page report prepared by the Division of Surveys and Field Services of Peabody College for Teachers in Nashville, Tennessee, was that the school systems throughout the state should be created along senate district lines. The report, a result of a year-long study made at the request of the board, suggested that each school system could have between 15,000 and 20,000 students with a minimum of 10,000. At the time, the Marietta City Schools system had 5,660 students and the Cobb County system had 31,335.

A second story on the front, next to the above item, reported that Marietta School Superintendent Henry Kemp had resigned and accepted a post with the State Board of Education. He was replacing Cobb resident Paul Sprayberry, who was retiring as area representative of the Seventh District. The position acted as a liaison between the schools in the district and the State Department of Education.

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It was also reported in that paper that President Lyndon B. Johnson had canceled his plans at the last minute to land at Dobbins Air Force Base on his way to the funeral of his long-time friend Judge Robert Russell Jr. of the Georgia Court of Appeals. Judge Russell was the nephew of Sen. Richard B. Russell.

Air Force officials were preparing for the President’s arrival when word came from the White House that Johnson would instead fly to Athens and then helicopter to Winder for the funeral at the First Baptist Church of Winder. The 5,000-foot Athens airport forced the President to use the Lockheed JetStar because the field was not capable of handling a plane the size of Air Force One.

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In the Thursday, June 17, 1965 paper, a ham floating in a sack on a lake off Hurt Road was reported as startling passersby and generating a few anxious moments for the Cobb County Sheriff’s office.

Apparently, some citizens saw the sack bobbing in the water and pulled it to shore. Fearing they had found a dead baby and afraid to look inside, the citizens called the Sheriff’s office. Detectives rushed to the scene of the “crime” and discovered that the “baby” was only a ham.

20 years ago …

Sharing a stage in the first presidential primary state, President Bill Clinton and House Speaker Newt Gingrich of east Cobb were reported in the Monday, June 12, 1995 paper as politely debating healthcare, foreign policy, budget priorities and promising to launch a bipartisan search for lobbying and political reforms. Far from the rancorous discord of Washington, the Democratic president and Republican speaker held court outdoors for an hour with an audience of elderly voters, using their five questions as a springboard for a calm but candid outline of their myriad differences.

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Seven McEachern High School students were reported in the Thursday, June 15, 1995 paper as modeling before the Cobb County Board of Education navy blue blazers, nicely pressed khaki shorts, pleated skirts and pullover sweaters as part of their proposed optional school uniforms for the 1996 school year. Ralph Williams, the principal at McEachern, and the student models illustrated the school’s plan for the uniforms which would be left up to students and their parents to participate in.

The plan, however, enraged board member Norman Bigham, who was quoted as saying, “We’re not running a private academy in this system, and if that’s what you have in mind, you’re sadly mistaken.” He also argued that some students might not be able to afford the clothes and might feel left out.

Damon Poirier is the Newsroom Administrator for the Marietta Daily Journal.

If you are interested in learning more about the stories that were presented in this week’s column, you can search the newspaper’s digitized microfilm archives online. NewsBank, which hosts the archives for the Marietta Daily Journal, charges a fee for retrieved articles and has various price packages available. If you have any trouble with your username, password or payment options, please contact NewsBank at mariettadaily@newsbank.com.

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The Week of June 11
by Damon_Poirier
June 12, 2015 02:25 PM | 267 views | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

This week’s Time Capsule looks at Leo Frank, integration, Gov. George Wallace, Russian art and a Marietta strip club.

100 years ago …

In the Friday, June 11, 1915 edition of The Marietta Journal and Courier the entire front page was taken up with an ad for The Haverty Furniture Co.’s “Quitting Business Sale.” The company announced that it was permanently closing the Marietta store, which was located at 108 Washington Avenue in Marietta opposite the courthouse.

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A second story in that edition announced that the Board of Pardons submitted a report to Gov. John M. Slaton “declining to recommend that the sentence of Leo Frank be commuted to life imprisonment.” The report was signed by E.L. Rainey and R.E. Davison. Judge T.E. Patterson submitted a minority report of more length dissenting from the majority report.

The article also stated that “no hope for Frank remains unless the Governor sees fit to commute his sentence.”

Frank, the superintendent of the National Pencil Company factory in Atlanta, was sentenced to death and later lynched by citizens of Marietta in the now infamous murder of May Phagan.

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A third story gave an update on the damage claims against federal troops during the Civil War to property owned by Georgians in the Seventh Congressional District, which was first mentioned in my March 19 column.

The $3,000 claim by the Presbyterian Church of Marietta was expected to be paid in four weeks, according Col. Fred Morris who had “vigorously prosecuted the collection of this claim for the past several years.”

50 years ago …

In the Sunday, June 6, 1965 Marietta Daily Journal, it was reported that approximately 40 black students applied for transfer to white schools prior to the May 31 deadline set in the Cobb County Board of Education’s integration plan. Cobb County Schools Superintendent Jasper Griffin said most of the applications were from high school and junior high school students. Griffin said none of the applications had yet been processed, but “we will process them as quickly as we can.”

The desegregation plan presented to the Department of Health, Education and Welfare by the Marietta School System had not yet been accepted, but Superintendent Henry Kemp said his office had already received some 25-30 applications from black students who wanted to transfer.

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As mentioned in last week’s column, Marietta Daily Journal Editor Jim Wynn was among 50 other editors from across the nation who embarked on a four-day tour of Alabama as guests of Gov. George Wallace.

In the Monday, June 7, 1965 paper, the first of Wynn’s columns appeared, describing the tour and “The True Alabama Story.” Wynn described Gov. Wallace as “the fiery little Alabama chief executive” and that he “set the stage for the tour Sunday night by bluntly accusing newsmen from outside the state and the wire services of news distortion.”

As an example of news distortion, Gov. Wallace cited a story carried in the national press in which a Nun was quoted as saying a black man had been turned away from an Alabama hospital because of his race. Gov. Wallace stated that the Nun in question did not make the statement and had come out publicly saying so. He also cited that the press referred to him as “Segregationist Gov. George Wallace” as a “form of distortion.”

Wynn’s other columns, which ran on the front page every day until Friday, June 11, 1965, covered topics like Selma, Alabama possibly teetering towards a new racial crisis, how Alabama’s industries were booming and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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A second story in the Monday, June 7, 1965 paper reported that the Marietta Board of Lights and Water approved a $15,000 grant to the city of Marietta for a study to be made on the feasibility of converting Dobbins Air Force Base into a general aviation airport. This would have meant joint use of the airport by military and civilian aircraft.

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A group of Marietta teenagers were reported in the Wednesday, June 9, 1965 paper as having buried themselves in a fallout shelter on Lott Avenue in an effort to set a record for a No-Sleep Marathon.

20 years ago …

In the Tuesday, June 6, 1995 paper, it was reported that attendance was gradually increasing at the Cobb Galleria Centre’s “Sacred Art of Russia” exhibition, but the numbers were still far short of organizer’s expectations, especially when compared with similar exhibits showing in the Southeast.

As of Sunday, June 4, 1995, only 22,300 people had toured the exhibition since it opened on Saturday, May 13, 1995 and was averaging only 1,000 visitors a day, well under the 5,000 a day required to meet the overall attendance goal of 400,000. Local business leaders had hoped to recoup from box office receipts the $5 million they raised to launch the show.

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A second story in that edition reported that Cobb County was the first-runner up to host the final stage of the Tour De Pont, an international cycling race that could pump about $2 million into the local economy just prior to the 1996 Olympic Games. Race organizers said three Southeastern cities – Richmond, Virginia; Greenville, South Carolina; and Charlotte, North Carolina – were vying with Cobb to stage the final leg of the 12-day race.

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With city officials threatening to shut them down, the owners of a Marietta strip club was reported in the Wednesday, June 7, 1995 paper as having “filed suit seeking enough money to build the world-famous landmark for which it is named – the Taj Mahal.”

The suit, filed in Cobb Superior Court, sought punitive and compensatory damages in excess of $235 million, plus at least $250,000 in lawyer’s fees, if the city enforced a law it adopted on Thursday, Jan. 19, 1995 prohibiting the sale of alcohol at any club featuring nude dancing. The suit asked a judge to permanently enjoin the city from enforcing the new law, which took effect Sunday, Dec. 31, 1995 and applied to clubs like the Taj Mahal and nearby Boomers, both on Cobb Parkway near Windy Hill Road.

Damon Poirier is the Newsroom Administrator for the Marietta Daily Journal.

If you are interested in learning more about the stories that were presented in this week’s column, you can search the newspaper’s digitized microfilm archives online. NewsBank, which hosts the archives for the Marietta Daily Journal, charges a fee for retrieved articles and has various price packages available. If you have any trouble with your username, password or payment options, please contact NewsBank at mariettadaily@newsbank.com.

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The Week of June 4
by Damon_Poirier
June 05, 2015 11:25 AM | 334 views | 0 0 comments | 22 22 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

This week’s Time Capsule looks at Leo Frank, “New Austell,” Gov. George Wallace, a fire, Bob Barr and Newt Gingrich.

100 years ago …

In the Friday, June 4, 1915 edition of The Marietta Journal and Courier there was a story that reported a mass meeting was held at the Marietta Courthouse the Monday before. At the meeting, several Marietta citizens appointed a delegation to go before the Board of Pardons and protest against the interference of outside parties in the case of Leo Frank.

A resolution was adopted and presented to the Board by the committee. The resolution asked that “in the interest of justice and fairness” the citizens of Marietta “respectfully ask that the Prison Commission and the Governor of the State of Georgia” to pass on the application of Leo M. Frank and “let the verdict of the jury” of the Superior Court of Fulton County stand in the murder of Mary Phagan.

50 years ago …

The Austell City Council was reported in the Sunday, May 30, 1965 Marietta Daily Journal as having voted unanimously to take a neutral position in the question of incorporating a large portion of South Cobb, including Mableton. The group added it would help in any way possible compiling and disseminating information concerning the establishment of the new city.

Mayor Luke Garrett said he felt “this is our job, because we are the only incorporated city in the proposed area which includes all of the Austell, Howells, Coxes and part of the Lemons Militia Districts. We are the only ones who know what to expect.” He also reiterated what he said a week earlier that annexing the 45-square-mile area into the Austell city limits would be left up to the voters.

Later in the week, on Friday, June 4, 1965, it was reported that proponents of the move had charged the opponents with whitewashing the issues and asserting that much was to be gained by “uniting in a common cause to establish a healthy political and social climate in the South Cobb area.”

A meeting was scheduled for the following week at South Cobb High School’s auditorium to discuss in detail the proposal for the incorporation of “New Austell.” Elmer George, executive director of the Georgia Municipal Association, was to be the featured speaker and Quinton Farmer would discuss the proposal.

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Stephen Roach was reported in the Tuesday, June 1, 1965 paper as having discovered Civil War relics in his father’s front yard on Turner Road in Marietta after the headlights on his car illuminated something in the dirt as he was backing out of the driveway one night.

Roach’s discovery was the remains of clothing from a Union soldier that included seven tarnished brass buttons, a breastplate and a belt buckle. Near the Union relics, he also found a squashed minnie ball, the barrel of a Confederate rifle and a Confederate belt buckle.

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In the Thursday, June 3, 1965 paper, Marietta Daily Journal Editor Jim Wynn was reported as being among 50 other editors from across the nation that would embark on a four-day tour of Alabama the following week as guests of Gov. George Wallace.

Wallace, who would lead the tour, said “It will be an ‘observation trip.’ The newsmen will be taken on a planned tour the first three days and may choose where they wish to visit the fourth day. The State of Alabama will provide airplane and bus transportation for the newsmen.”

Wallace had been a strong critic of news coverage of racial strife in Alabama and said the tour was designed to give the editors a firsthand look at what Alabama was really like.

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Also in that day’s paper it was reported that Cmdr. George I. Marshall was the new executive officer of the Naval Air Station in Marietta. He was relieving Capt. Kenneth G. Miles, who had assumed command of Oklahoma City’s Naval and Marine Corps Reserve Training Center.

20 years ago …

Arson was reported in the Tuesday, May 30, 1995 paper as being suspected in a fire that ripped through a textile equipment manufacturing plant in north Cobb the day before.

Cobb fire officials estimated the damage to Practix Manufacturing Company’s 38,000-square foot plant on Cantrell Road east of Acworth at more than $1 million. The plant’s owner blamed the fire on a disgruntled former employee who he had fired three months earlier and evicted from a wooden-frame house on the property in front of the plant.

Later in the week, on Friday, June 2, 1995, a Bartow County husband and wife were charged with setting fire to the plant. Along with the first degree arson charges, the couple was also charged with several counts of burglary that took place on the morning of the fire in the house next to the burned-out structure.

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A second story in the Friday, June 2, 1995 paper reported that U.S. Rep. Bob Barr, R-Smyrna, had appointed a nine-member advisory team with saving Medicare from becoming insolvent without cutting service.

Federal estimates showed the $178-billion Medicare system would go bankrupt by 2002 if the then-current 10-plus percent yearly growth rate wasn’t trimmed dramatically. The Smyrna Republican said the solution was more complicated than just pumping money into the system, slicing benefits or limiting eligibility.

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Sounding more like a presidential candidate than the House leader, Speaker Newt Gingrich, R-east Cobb, was reported in the Saturday, June 3, 1995 paper as differing sharply with President Bill Clinton over sending U.S. troops into Bosnia.

During a breakfast meeting at the Cobb Galleria Centre with about 350 local business leaders, Gingrich said U.S. troops should not into Bosnia without a clearly defined mission or be placed under United Nations command.

Damon Poirier is the Newsroom Administrator for the Marietta Daily Journal.

If you are interested in learning more about the stories that were presented in this week’s column, you can search the newspaper’s digitized microfilm archives online. NewsBank, which hosts the archives for the Marietta Daily Journal, charges a fee for retrieved articles and has various price packages available. If you have any trouble with your username, password or payment options, please contact NewsBank at mariettadaily@newsbank.com.

 

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The Week of May 28
by Damon_Poirier
May 29, 2015 03:45 PM | 377 views | 0 0 comments | 27 27 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

This week’s Time Capsule looks at the Dixie Highway, Interstate North, Mableton, polio and Jesse Jackson.

100 years ago …

In the Friday, May 28, 1915 edition of The Marietta Journal and Courier there was a story that reported that the Dixie Highway, which is now known as Old U.S. Highway 41, would come through Cobb County. The commissioners selecting the route decided that “the excellent graded road from the Bartow line through Cobb was the only way.” The route, which connected Chicago to southern Florida, was expected to pass through Smyrna on its way to Atlanta.

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It was also reported that on the previous Saturday, Norton Hardware Company sold 120 brooms in two hours. The brooms, normally 25-cents each, were being sold for 10-cents.

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A third story in that edition reported the residents of Atlanta Street “treated the men working on that road to a barbecue dinner in the park.” The meal was served by the Marietta Restaurant with lemonade donated by W.A. Sams and a box of Marietta-made cigars was furnished by J.B. Cox.

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George Brown of the Mayes & Brown livery stable was reported in that edition as being severely injured after being thrown from a mule. Brown was riding down Cherokee Street when a dog ran out and bit the mule, which threw Brown against a post that fractured his back and broke several ribs.

50 years ago …

Cobb Commission Chairman Ernest Barrett was reported in the Sunday, May 23, 1965 Marietta Daily Journal as becoming a father. Barrett’s daughter was born seven and one-half pounds at 4:30 a.m. the day before at Piedmont Hospital in Atlanta.

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Also that day it was reported that a 100-acre office, research and development park – the first of its kind in the state of Georgia – opened at the intersection of I-75 and the Atlanta Perimeter Road, now known as I-285, in Cobb County.

Dubbed Interstate North, the park was officially dedicated by the Adams-Cates Realty Co. of Atlanta and the Cobb County Chamber of Commerce and governmental officials. The park, designed to attract research and development firms to the Cobb and Atlanta area, contained 32 lots ranging in size from 1.8 to four acres.

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The possibility of annexing Mableton into Austell was reported in the Monday, May 24, 1965 paper.

Austell City officials, the Cobb County Commissioners and Cobb’s legislative delegation were expected to review the question at a called meeting in the Austell City Hall. The discussion was to center around “a possible referendum and interested parties will request the introduction of a constitutional amendment in the legislature” in 1966.

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A second story in that paper announced the death and funeral services for Claud T. Perkerson, the former co-owner of the Perkerson Grist Mill in Austell and a former member of the Cobb County Advisory Committee. Perkerson, 79, had died following a short illness.

The grist mill was one of the oldest in the county. It had been operated by the Perkerson family since the Civil War, but was sold in 1962 which ended the 111 years of one family ownership. It was also reported to be the first mill to make self-rising corn meal.

Perkerson was an elder in the Austell Presbyterian Church, the former president of the Austell Rotary Club, the former president of the Georgia Corn Millers Association and a past master of Latham Lodge No. 12 of the Free and Accepted Masons.

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The U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare was reported in the Tuesday, May 25, 1965 paper as having approved a $993,911 grant for development of campus facilities at the proposed Kennesaw Mountain Junior College, now known as Kennesaw State University.

The following day, May 26, 1965, it was reported that work was scheduled to begin immediately on the grading at the college site as the Cobb Commissioners authorized the execution of the contract submitted by C.W. Mathews Co. of Marietta.

Mathews was the low bidder with an offer of $198,988. Other bids, seven in all, ranged upward of $290,000.

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While Cobb County had not had a case of polio in five years, Dr. Ernest Thompson - the head of the county health department, urged parents in the Wednesday, May 26, 1965 paper to get their children inoculated against the disease. Free Sabin oral vaccines for children ages nine months to 10 years of age were being offered by the county.

In Operation Sugar Lump, which took place over a year before, Cobb volunteers distributed 276,354 lumps of vaccine-treated sugar. Since that time, the program was reported as having lagged.

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In the Friday, May 28, 1965 paper it was reported that a masked intruder operating in Atlanta had frightened Cobb housewives into buying guns, rescue sprays and tear gas pens.

A check of local stores revealed that the sale of guns to women had almost doubled in the past month. One chain of stores had sold more than 10 tubes of “rescue spray” in the past three days.

Most of the women were being brought to the stores by their husbands who insisted they needed a gun for protection and most of the purchases were .25-caliber automatics.

20 years ago …

In the Tuesday, May 23, 1995 paper, Jesse Jackson, who was on a three-day march in Cobb County, urged students to hold themselves to a higher standard and to stand up to friends involved in drugs or violence.

Addressing an assembly of about 1,500 students at Campbell High School in Smyrna, Jackson asked the students to stand if they knew anyone involved in drugs or bringing them to school. It was reported that nearly all of the students stood up. But, when Jackson asked them to stand again if they had ever told authorities what they knew, fewer than 10 students stood up.

After the speech Jackson headed to the east Cobb office of House Speaker Newt Gingrich to deliver a letter protesting the Republican Contract with America, which would hold down funding increases for social programs.

It was also reported that while Jackson was in Georgia, a bomb threat forced the evacuation of the offices of his Rainbow Coalition in Washington, D.C. However, no bomb was found.

Damon Poirier is the Newsroom Administrator for the Marietta Daily Journal.

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The Week of May 14
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May 15, 2015 04:45 PM | 507 views | 0 0 comments | 37 37 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

This week’s Time Capsule looks at the Lusitania, Leo Frank, Lockheed, Delk Road, KSU, Newt Gingrich and Jesse Jackson.

100 years ago …

In the Friday, May 14, 1915 edition of The Marietta Journal and Courier there was a story that reported “one of the greatest horrors of the great European War occurred last Friday when a German submarine boat torpedoed the great English trans-Atlantic Liner Lusitania.”

The RMS Lusitania was a British ocean liner that briefly was the world's largest passenger ship. On May 7, 1915, she was torpedoed and sunk by a German U-boat, during World War I, causing the deaths of 1,198 passengers and crew. The ship was reported in the paper as having taken 15 minutes to sink with “Alfred J. Vanderbilt, Charles Frohman, Elbert Hubbard and many other well-known Americans” on board.

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It was also reported that following the refusal of the U.S. Supreme Court to intervene in the case of Leo Frank, who was sentenced to death in the widely publicized and controversial murder trial of 13-year-old Mary Phagan of Marietta, that Frank’s death sentence remained in effect. This time, the date was set for June 22, 1915. An appeal “to the pardon board and the governor” was expected to be made by Frank’s attorneys.

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A third story in that edition reported that an escaped convict from the county jail was arrested in Jacksonville, Illinois. At the time of the man’s arrest he was cashing a forged money order for $400 from the National Express Company. It was believed at the time that the convict would be prosecuted for that offense and not brought back to Georgia.

50 years ago …

In the Monday, May 10, 1965 Marietta Daily Journal it was reported that Lockheed had outlined plans for giving aircraft “instant physicals” while in flight which would “save thousands of hours of down time and increase airlift productivity for a flight of super transports.”

The Lockheed-Georgia Company said it had developed “a malfunction detection system, somewhat like a cardiograph, which will constantly take the pulse of an aircraft.” The system, a major extension of Lockheed’s Malfunction and Detection Recorder (MADREC) would be used on the Air Force’s C-5A cargo carrier.

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A “three-in-one” JetStar, capable of being converted in minutes from a passenger transport to an ambulance or a cargo carrier was reported in the Tuesday, May 11, 1965 paper as being unveiled at Scott Air Force Base in Illinois by Lockheed-Georgia Company Vice President R.I. Mitchell. The “station wagon” concept of the four-jet engine, 500 miles per hour swept-wing transport made its debut during the Command Surgeon’s Air Evacuation Symposium at the Military Air Transport Service (MATS) Headquarters Base.

A full-scale cabin demonstration showed the military medics how a typical tier of six litters and six ambulatory patients could be accommodated in a standard C-140 JetStar. The “station wagon” configuration increased the payload, transporting 17 passengers or 3,500 pounds of cargo.

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County Commissioner Thomas H. Brown was reported in the Wednesday, May 1965 paper as having sent a letter to State Attorney General Eugene Cook asking him to “investigate” and give “advice” on the Delk Road Connector controversy in Cobb County. In the letter, a copy of which was sent to James L. Gillis, director of the State Highway Department, County Commission Chairman Ernest Barrett and Cobb Solicitor General Luther C. Hames Jr., Brown said there had been a great number of rumors concerning the Delk Road Connector “especially as to the use of influence to change the Delk Road Interchange from a limited access to a free access interchange.”

The week before, the State Highway Department reported appraisals were being made on the road as both a limited access and free access. The proposed connector was to be a link between the Four-Lane Highway, now known as U.S. Highway 41, and Interstate 75. Property on the north and south sides of the proposed connector had been sold in recent months for more than $700,000.

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Dr. Horace W. Sturgis, associate registrar at Georgia Tech since 1948, was reported in the Friday, May 14, 1965 paper as having been named the president of Kennesaw Mountain Junior College, which is now known as Kennesaw State University. Dr. Sturgis was to start his official duties on July 1, 1965.

20 years ago …

In the Monday, May 8, 1995 paper it was reported that House Speaker Newt Gingrich suggested he was still giving some thought to running for president in 1996.

“I refuse to rule it out,” the East Cobb Republican said about seeking the nomination, adding that Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole was the clear GOP front-runner.

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The Rev. Jesse Jackson was reported in the Wednesday, May 10, 1995 paper as accusing Rep. Gingrich of helping foster a national atmosphere of hate and right-wing aggression. Rev. Jackson made his remarks during a short address on the Marietta Square and announced a Rainbow Coalition march would happen later in the month.

Taking scattershot aim at conservative talk radio, militia groups and right-wing politicians, Rev. Jackson called the approach to welfare reform outlined by Rep. Gingrich’s “Contract with America” as “an attack on women, seniors and those most vulnerable.”

With police standing around Glover Park and police sharpshooters perched on the roof of the Cobb County Administration building across the street, Rev. Jackson appeared before a crowd of about 50 supporters. The former Democratic presidential candidate opened fire on Rep. Gingrich by saying the east Cobb congressman had encouraged hostility toward the poor and minorities that has gained national acceptance among some right-wing groups.

Damon Poirier is the Newsroom Administrator for the Marietta Daily Journal.

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The Week of May 7
by Damon_Poirier
May 08, 2015 10:45 AM | 582 views | 0 0 comments | 39 39 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

This week’s Time Capsule looks at paving, a group drowning, Delk Road, NASA and teacher raises.

100 years ago …

In the Friday, May 7, 1915 edition of The Marietta Journal and Courier there was a story that reported a committee went by car to Atlanta the Tuesday before to investigate the cost of various paving methods and materials for use on the Marietta square. Atlanta Street was also reported as expected to be “oiled and later paved in a substantial way.”

50 years ago …

The body of an eight-year-old girl – one of seven people to drown in Lake Allatoona the day before – was reported in the Monday, May 3, 1965 Marietta Daily Journal paper as having been found 150 feet from the site of the tragedy. The victims were members of three related families, all of the Woodstock area.

Authorities attribute the group drowning, at least in part, to the makeshift boat and overloading. The boat was an aluminum rowboat and the families had attached a board across the back of it as a place to set the motor. Eyewitnesses said the boat was not more than three inches out of the water.

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A second story in that paper reported that a gas war was raging in the county. Cobb County service stations – both independent and name brand stations – began dropping gas prices three days earlier. On the day of the report, gas prices were 23.9 and 25.9 cents per gallon at independent stations and 25.9 and 29.9 at name brand stations.

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Property on both the north and south sides of the proposed Delk Road Connector were reported in the Tuesday, May 4, 1965 paper as having been sold for more than $700,000 in recent months. The previous week, the Journal reported a move was under way to have the proposed link from the 4-Lane Highway, now known as U.S. Highway 41, to Interstate 75 constructed with free access. Originally the connector had been planned as limited access. The combined federal-state project was designed to speed traffic from the Lockheed-Marietta area on to I-75 and remove traffic from I-75.

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In the Wednesday, May 5, 1965 paper it was reported that Rep. John Davis had called on NASA to channel more U.S. funds for space research into Georgia and the South. The Georgian joined with other members of the House Space Committee in writing a recommendation into the annual authorization bill for NASA to distribute development money on a geographical basis.

Davis cited a growing national recognition that the South was entitled to a bigger share of federal funds for scientific research and declared that this “is most encouraging.” The Congressman also reported that the greatest concentration of the money was going to New England and California.

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The Cobb County Commission was reported in the Friday, May 7, 1965 paper as having agreed to close the Alms House on Fairground Street and distribute the patients to private nursing homes. Commission Chairman Ernest Barrett said the county-owned and fully financed nursing home would be closed as soon as possible. The Cobb County Department of Family and Children Services was to be relocated to the Alms House.

20 years ago …

A raucous crowd of more than 900 Cobb County teachers and their supporters were reported in the Wednesday, May 3, 1995 paper as having converged on Sprayberry High School to fight for a state-passed six-percent pay raise. Wearing buttons, toting signs and chanting “Six percent like Miller sent,” teachers hoped to persuade Cobb school board members into granting them the six-percent pay hike recommended by the state in a proposal initiated by Gov. Zell Miller.

The state-approved funding would not cover the full six-percent for Cobb’s slightly more than 5,000 certified teachers, counselors and media specialists. That meant the local system would have to kick in another $4 million. The Cobb board had proposed an across-the-board three percent pay raise for all of the system’s then-9,211 employees.

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Also that day, in order to lure restaurants to downtown Smyrna, it was reported that Smyrna city officials lifted a long-standing ordinance prohibiting bars from operating near public buildings. The council let stand a restriction against the granting of a pouring license to a business located within 600-feet from a school, but tossed out the 200-foot distance requirement regarding public buildings, parks and residences for the downtown district.

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In the Saturday, May 6, 1995 paper it was reported that under proposed cuts in the 1995-1996 Cobb County school budget, elementary school students who lived between a half-mile and one mile from school would no longer be able to catch the bus to school. The proposal was believed to affect as many as 6,600 students. These students, who were mostly 5-10 years old, would have to walk to school. The policy change was said to cut about 15 percent of the 35,000 elementary school students bused to the then-56 elementary schools in the county.

Damon Poirier is the Newsroom Administrator for the Marietta Daily Journal.

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The Week of April 30
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May 01, 2015 05:30 PM | 691 views | 0 0 comments | 47 47 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

This week’s Time Capsule looks at a basketball coach, The Platters, desegregation and Newt Gingrich.

100 years ago …

In the Friday, April 30, 1915 edition of The Marietta Journal and Courier there was a story of how “before one of the largest crowds that ever witnessed a ball game in Marietta, the home team defeated Beck and Gregg by the close score of 6 to 5.” This was the first baseball game of the Major City Leagues and the Beck & Gregg team was considered one of the fastest in the league.

50 years ago …

Edward Lee “Bud” Smith Jr. of Tift High School was reported in the Wednesday, April 28, 1965 Marietta Daily Journal as being named the head basketball coach at Marietta High School. Smith was reported as coming highly recommended “as one of the best basketball coaches in south Georgia high school ranks.” He had only one losing season in his 11 years of varsity coaching.

It was also reported in that story that Ronnie Camp, a former star lineman on the Marietta High football team, had been named to replace Coach Stan Wrinkle as the junior varsity football coach. Camp starred at center on the 1957 team that defeated Decatur for the Region 4-AAA crown, but lost to Northside, 6-0, in the North Georgia playoffs.

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In the Thursday, April 29, 1965 paper it was reported that five members of The Platters, a popular black singing group, voluntarily submitted to a search for narcotics in their cars at the Cobb County Sheriff’s Department.

Paul Robi, the sixth member of the group, was arrested in Atlanta the day before for possessing narcotics.

The remaining members, four men and a woman, were passing through Cobb County to Tennessee for a singing engagement. Herbert Reed, one of the group members, said that the group submitted to the search “in order to clear ourselves.” Reed also said that he hoped there would be no reflection on the group as a whole because of Robi’s charges.

The group was upstairs at the county jail handing out autographs while their Cadillac convertible and Chevrolet station wagon were being searched. Word quickly spread throughout the county’s government offices and employees “suddenly found they had business at the sheriff’s office in order to see The Platters.”

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Also that day, it was reported that the Marietta Hospital Authority had voted to increase the size of the proposed new wing for the hospital from 52 to 62 beds at a special called meeting. The move would add 24 feet to the wing and would cost the authority an additional $50,000.

The extra footage would make the new wing the same size as the existing wing at the hospital. The authority originally accepted a $691,000 bid from the Bickerstaff Construction Co., but decided to increase the size when the company offered to build the additional rooms for $20 a square foot than the cost of the overall square footage.

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Marietta and Cobb County school officials were taking a wait-and-see attitude on the new order that all schools desegregate at least four grades in the fall.

U.S. Education Commissioner Francis Keppel issued an order that required all public schools expecting to get federal funds had to have at least four of their 12 grades desegregated by fall and had to completely desegregate by the fall of 1967. The order further required that the school buses and faculties be desegregated also.

Both Cobb Superintendent Jasper Griffin and Marietta Superintendent Henry Kemp stated that the desegregation plans submitted several weeks earlier had not been officially turned down although neither plan called for desegregation for four grades in the fall.

The Cobb plan called for the desegregation of grades one and 12 by fall and two grades every year afterward until all grades were integrated. The Marietta plan called for grades one, 11 and 12 to be desegregated by fall and two grades every year afterward until all were integrated.

Meanwhile, Gov. Carl Sanders denounced the order as “a typical bureaucratic approach to a problem for which there is no bureaucratic solution.” In a statement issued by his office, Sanders said “Unless our congressional and senatorial delegation can put a bridle on the federal agency which is creating these severe regulations, it is obvious that Georgia is being thrust into a situation which can create both human and financial problems.”

20 years ago …

In the Monday, April 24, 1995 paper it was reported that the 12-member Acworth Society for Historic Preservation, formed in December 1994, was wanting to restore 11 historic structures dating back to the mid-1800s. Included in the list was the old Rothschild Mill at the railroad tracks in downtown Acworth.

The three-story mill, which lacked a roof, floors and even windows, only remained standing after catching fire in the early 1980s because its brick walls were more than a foot thick. Restoration of the mill was believed to be in the $150,000 to $200,000 range.

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House Speaker Newt Gingrich was reported in the Wednesday, April 26, 1995 paper as having held court in a Galleria penthouse while blue-collar workers protesting his policies were in a parking deck 17 floors below.

The smaller than expected crowd of about 250 pro-labor union protestors, the same group who stormed and then trashed his east Cobb office – which was mentioned in my March 19 column, failed in their bid to disrupt Rep. Gingrich’s appearance to raise money for Republican candidates for the Georgia Senate.

 

Damon Poirier is the Newsroom Administrator for the Marietta Daily Journal.

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The Week of April 23
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April 24, 2015 04:30 PM | 799 views | 0 0 comments | 61 61 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

This week’s Time Capsule looks at Leo Frank, jail escapes, unions, Newt Gingrich and the Marietta Country Club.

100 years ago …

In the Friday, April 23, 1915 edition of The Marietta Journal and Courier there was a story that reported the Supreme Court of the United States rejected the appeal of Leo M. Frank and refused to order a new trial. The only way to save his life following that action was a stay from the Governor, but that would not take place until Governor-elect Nat E. Harris took office.

Following a conference the Tuesday before, Frank’s attorneys began the preparation of an appeal they would make to the prison commission for clemency. The appeal was not expected to be filed for some time since Frank was at that time in the custody of the U.S. courts and the State Commission would have no authority to receive any petitions pertaining to him.

When the mandate of the Supreme Court was returned to Judge Newman’s office and the State began the habeas corpus proceedings, then Frank would be re-sentenced to hang at the gallows and the petition for clemency would be in order.

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There was also a story about how early in the morning on the Monday before that three prisoners had escaped from the Cobb County Jail. There were no details on how the men escaped, but Deputy Sheriff George Hicks was reported as having caught one of the men “at Noonday and brought him back to the Sheriff’s boarding house” the following Wednesday.

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There was a front page ad titled “Marietta Needs” in that edition which discussed how the citizens of Marietta needed permanent paving on the Marietta Square and surrounding city streets. The ad stated that both the city and merchants were spending $1,000 a year to keep down the dust and keep the Square in passable condition.

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On the second page of the paper was a full page ad titled “Ford Car Free.” The newspaper announced that it was having a big subscription campaign and was seeking 100 workers for six weeks. All workers would receive a cash in proportion to what they worked in the campaign and the best worker in the group would win a five-passenger, fully-equipped Ford automobile with electric lights.

50 years ago …

In the Monday, April 19, 1965 Marietta Daily Journal it was reported that Marietta police and firemen responded to a call to a laundromat on First Street where an 18-month-old boy had his hand caught in the bubble gum machine. A bolt in the machine had to be cut to release the child’s finger.

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Ira Lee Wigley of Marietta was reported in the Wednesday, April 21, 1965 paper as having been arrested by FBI agents for unlawful flight on armed robbery charges. Special Agent In Charge Joseph K. Ponder of the Atlanta-FBI office said that Wigley, along with Gordon M. Towe and Nathan James Grant, fled the Floyd County Jail in Rome in January 1965 by sawing through the bars of a cell window and lowering themselves to the ground with knotted sheets.

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Also that day, it was reported that heavy black smoke was billowing out of the Sherwin Williams paint store on Waverly Way as fire swept through rolls of wallpaper. The Marietta Fire Department was able to contain the fire mainly to the second floor storage area, but there was smoke and water damage on the main floor.

Marietta Fire Chief Howard Schaffer said the fire started in a fluorescent light in a front office. It then traveled through a one foot area between the ceiling of the downstairs area and the upstairs floor before breaking through the upstairs floor amongst stored materials.

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The United Steelworkers Union was reported in the Thursday, April 22, 1965 paper as having terminated the strike at Production Engineering Company in Austell without settling on a contract. Union officials reported that the strike, which was first mentioned in my Feb. 5 column, was recorded as having lost its effectiveness and instructed all employees to return to work. In the meantime both sides said they would continue to negotiate a contract.

Throughout the two and a half months the strike was in progress incidents of “vandalism and malicious mischief” were reported as well as litigation by both sides. Two days after the strike was initiated, PECO owner Joseph Askouti filed a petition in Cobb Superior Court charging the union pickets with mass picketing, threatening those still on the job with bodily harm and keeping those on the job from entering the plant. The union was enjoined from this activity and limited to two pickets per gate.

20 years ago …

In the Tuesday, April 18, 1995 paper it was reported that pro-union protestors, who stormed House Speaker Newt Gingrich’s east Cobb office in March, planned to stage another protest when he spoke at in Cobb later in the month. The 300-plus angry union protestors, mentioned in my March 19 column, barged into Gingrich’s office chanting slogans, startling staffers, fighting with police and caused minor damage that included graffiti on the walls and broken picture frames.

Gingrich’s April speech was to be the main draw at a reception at the Georgian Club in the 18th floor penthouse of 100 Galleria Tower off Cobb Parkway. The event was a fundraiser for the Georgia Senatorial Trust, which helped Republicans fund campaigns for the Georgia Senate.

David Talley, senior property manager for Childress Klein Properties, said that since the building and the roads in the complex were private property that the protestors could be banned from the premises. He also said the regular force of private security might be bolstered with off-duty police.

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The view from Powder Springs Road of the old Marietta Country Club site was reported in the Saturday, April 22, 1995 paper as having drastically changed as the walls came tumbling down at the 70-year-old clubhouse. The demolition of the site was to make room for the city’s planned conference center and hotel, now known as the Hilton Atlanta/Marietta Hotel & Conference Center.

A demolition tractor equipped with a long clawed arm started its day-long assault on the structure at 10 a.m., pausing only when city workers stopped to repair a hydraulic line on the machine, which had ruptured after striking a steel ceiling joist.

Damon Poirier is the Newsroom Administrator for the Marietta Daily Journal.

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